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Honolulu, HI

Honolulu, HI: (May-08-07) The federal and state governments filed legal actions against the city over six risky sewer force mains, which they claimed was responsible for a massive sewage spill in March 2006. The city of Honolulu was accused of gross negligence in handling repair work of the sewer lines, which resulted in the Beachwalk force main bursting, spilling about 50 million gallons of sewage. The contamination kept paddlers out of the Ala Wai and closed Waikiki beaches. In a settlement reached, an interim agreement points out other potential hazards and forced the city to take action. The city also agreed to a $300 million settlement to fix the sewer lines. A study found six vulnerable spots across Oahu: Beachwalk, Kahala, Ala Moana, Hart Street in Kalihi, Waimalu and Kaneohe/Kailua. The sites were selected based on factors like location and previous spills. The city must construct new replacement force mains at Beachwalk, Ala Moana and Kaneohe/Kailua. Back-up pipes must be provided at Beachwalk, Ala Moana, Hart Street and Kaneohe/Kailua. As part of the settlement, the city also has to assess all six force mains and come up with contingency plans for each in case of a spill. [KGMB 9 NEWS: SEWAGE SPILL]

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Published on May-11-07


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